Orthodox Mission – Hyde Park, Chicago

12 Passion Gospels Tonight

Tonight is the Matins of Holy Friday, one of the most important of all the services. We will listen to the 12 Gospel readings which recount the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We will meditate on the unspeakable greatness of his mercy and love, He who made all things, and performed glorious wonders for His people, now shares humiliation and death in the flesh, to perform the most mystical wonder, the breaking of death by death in his flesh.

Today he who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon a Tree, (x3)
He who is King of the Angels is arrayed in a crown of thorns.
He who wraps the heaven in clouds is wrapped in mocking purple.
He who freed Adam in the Jordan receives a blow on the face.
The Bridegroom of the Church is transfixed with nails.
The Son of the Virgin is pierced by a lance,.
We worship your Sufferings, O Christ